TuneUp

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Deduped every double and found the missing cover art"

    December 8, 2011  |   By chrisabraham

    Pros

    Does what it says it does: it find all the dupes you have and it allows you to completely remove all duplicates and remove them. It also cleans up ugly, non-standard, labeling. It also searches for all the correct cover art and connects it to the track. It also finds all the random unlabeled tracks and uses an algorithm to sort out what those unlabeled tracks are -- sort of feels like magic.

    Cons

    It takes a really long time if you have a lot of dirty tracks. It can take a really long time. They warn you that it takes about a minute for 100 tracks so if you have 10,000 tracks, be ready to let the software run for 100 minutes -- give it a couple hours and have some patience because even if you think it's locked up, it probably hasn't. Honestly, the magic is is that it works at all, and it does.

    Summary

    Over the years I have collected so many MP3 files, burned from my old stack of CDs from the 80s and 90s (before the titles and cover art transferred with the burn) and also downloaded and gifted and shared over a shared music server a previous employer kept and we all contributed to.

    I just pretty much used Shuffle All because they were mostly all poorly or badly-labeled. When I heard of what TuneUp did, I bought it for my Lenovo PC laptop, and set it running on the thousands and thousands of tracks. It took a while to completely run -- a really long time because I think it takes a minute for every 100 tracks and so it just takes a while.

    So, I started running it before I went to bed and in the morning -- it probably didn't take that long -- things were cleaned up. Then you need to run all the different things you need: find cover art, clean up non-standard track names, and also identifying all the tracks that aren't labeled at all -- it can clean everything up, with a little patience and time.

    It really works.

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